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Lt. John Stedman

Male 1633 - 1675  (~ 50 years)

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  • Name John Stedman 
    Prefix Lt. 
    Born Between 1625 and 1633  ____, ____, ____, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Court 2 Dec 1652  Hartford, Hartford Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • A DIGEST OF THE EARLY CONNECTICUT PROBATE RECORDS.
      1650 to 1663.    Name: Thomas Stead   Location:
      Court Record, Page 38--2 December, 1652: The verdict of us whose names are underwritten, concerning the death of Thomas Steade, servant of Robert Lay of 6-Mile Island, given to the Constable of Hartford, 9th November, 1652: Wee doe finde that the sd. partye, going against his master's Comand, with his master's cannoe, into a place of danger, or that is to the milldam, is guilty of his own death, being drowned.
      Andrew Warner, Grego Wilterton, Jes: pr Gunn, Nath: Willett, Tho: Standly, John Bernard, Tho: Selden, Jo: Stedman.
    Court 1657  Hartford, Hartford Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • A DIGEST OF THE EARLY CONNECTICUT PROBATE RECORDS.  1663 to 1677.

      (p. 278) Freeman in 21 May 1657 William Goodwin, the eldest known child of Ozias, was born about 1629, as he testifies in September, 1674, that he was aged about 45.

      "The Test of Wm Goodwin aged about 45 years Saith thatt beeing one night about the beginning of this last Hay-time in the Lonf meadow with my brother Nath Goodwin and my Son Wm Goodwin and having tarried there awhile att length Lt. John Stedman came there with a Teame and Cartt and one or Two of his Sons and layed uppon his Cartt hay which stood betweene the mere stones & the Brook which my said Brother forbid him to doe nott with Standing which fforbiddinf he the said Lt. Stedman layed up more my Brother forbid him Carrying itt away not with standing which he Carryed away the said hay and did moreover lay Claime to land thereon the west ward side the mere stones there which land my said Brother allso Claimmed. Wm Goodwin Junior aged 16 yeares Testifyeth the same with his ffather as above being then and theare present and ffurther Saith thatt the sayd hay was mowed and made by his uncle Nath Goodwin and his order. This owned by Lnt John Stedman In Court Sept 3 1674 Attest John Allyn Secrety.

      Private Controversies, Vol. 1, Connecticut State Library

      He was made freeman by the General Court, May 21, 1657.  He was appointed chimney-viewer in 1662, 1665, and 1671; and in the town votes under date of December 29, 1676, we find the following:

      "The townsmen agreed with Wm Goodwin to sweep the meeting house, and ring the Bell Sabbaths and public meetings of the Town or Side and at nine of the Clock at night for which he is to have seven pounds per annum. He is also to dig graves and warn publick meetings as the Townsmen shall appoint for which he shall be paid as Robert Sanford was." 

      Unfortunately for the antiquarian, his record of four hundred and twenty burials is not in existence.
    Probate Dec 1675  Wethersfield, Hartford Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • A DIGEST OF THE EARLY CONNECTICUT PROBATE RECORDS.  1663 to 1677.

      Page 153   Name: Lt. John Stedman   Location: Wethersfield
      Died December, 1675. Invt. £172-04-08. Taken February, 1675, by Lt. Chester, Ensign Goodrich, John Belden sen., Townsmen.

      Will dated 11 January, 1675-6.
      Lt. John Stedman, the day he went to Springfield pr. the Councils Order, said to Samuel Talcott and William Goodrich, as his will, He gave his Lands to his Son John Stedman Jr., hopeing he would give Something to his other Children.  He gave of his Estate other than Lands to his Wife.
      Witness: Samuel Talcott, William Goodrich.

      Court Record, Page 152--2 March, 1675-6.: Will exhibited. Adms. to the Relict.

      Page 11--21 October, 1678: Lt. John Stedman & Elizabeth, wife, being both deceased & Leaving four small children, the Gover & Assistants doe desire & appoynt sargt. John Stedman to take some care & to look after the children that are left by his Father & to dispose of them in such places as they may be well educated, the sd. Stedman to take advice of Major Talcott & Capt. Allyn in the dispose of them.
    Died 19 Dec 1675  South Kingstown, Washington Co., RI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • John Stedman was probably born in Scotland and immigrated to America as a small child with his parents and younger brother.  The family settled in New London, Connecticut.

      He later moved to Hartford and married, probably in Hartford, Elizabeth Sergeant (or Remington, believed to be the daughter of John Remington). They had five known children.  She died before 1664, and he married Elizabeth Blackleach, daughter of John Blackleach of Boston, before 1665.  They had four children, including a daughter Elizabeth born in Hartford in 1665.

      He was a sergeant in the Hartford as early as 1666.

      John Stedman was a proprietor of Hartford, Connecticut, having acquired the original right of Richard Olmsted, who removed to Norwalk, Connecticut (1650-1652).  He is listed as a freeman of Hartford in 1654.

      July 1, 1651, first three parcels recorded in Secretary's records in name of Thomas Stedman but indexed to John Stedman, which is correct.

      a.  A parcel of 4 acres he bought of Zachariah Field, June 19, 1660.
      b.  Fifteen acres of woodland in the oxpasture, bought (Dec 15, 1659) of Edward Stebbing, June 24, 1660.
      c.  Three acres of swamp east of Conn. River, June 21 1660.
      d.  Three acres in North Meadow, April 18, 1663.
      e.  Two acres in North Meadow, bought of Thomas Bull
      f.  One acre bought of Robert Sanford, Recorded May 31, 1671.

      Feb 25, 1666, witnessed document (Hartford Book of Distribution, pp 437-438, 536, 531, 107, 234, 550, 552, 565, 521-522.)

      After 1666, John Stedman bought a house and house lot at New London from Benj. Atwell, perhaps removed there for a year or two.

      He removed to Wethersfield, Connecticut in 1670.

      In February 1671, he paid for 80 acres, as finally laid out November 1674.

      On January 30, 1672, the proprietors voted undivided lands on the west side of town bounds, one and 1/2 mile in length.  John Stedman drew the 34th lot.

      Stiles, Ancient Wethersfield V1: 301,  "He was admitted inhabitant Jan 30 1671/2 at which time he was the owner of land he purchased of John Cherry.  He was Lieut. of the Hartford Company of Dragoons, July 1675, a good officer."

      Thomas Stedman of New London was a brother to John Stedman.  Charles Ellery Stedman quotes the following letter from John to his brother Thomas in his 1880 genealogy.  (I assume the original may be in the Connecticut Historical Society.)

      "Loving bro. Thos.: my love to yourself and your little ones and to uncle Nichols, & to aunt, and to the rest of my friends, certifying you through God's mercy & goodness has [?] we are in reasonably good health. Brother, these are to get you to assist my son in selling or letting my house which I bought of Benj. Atwill, & which you will do in that business, I do finally bind myself to confirm & ratify, as witness my hand and seal this last day of October 1672: from Wethersfield." Extracted out of the original under the hand of John (senior).  This letter proves that John of Hartford and Thomas of New London were brothers.   It also talks about "Uncle Nichols" who is probably the William Nicholls who is a stepfather of Hannah Isbell, the wife of Thomas.

      On November 6, 1672, the New London property was sold to Thomas Wickham, cordwainer, of Wethersfield.

      Lt. John Stedman was in command of the Hartford County Dragoons and was killed in the Great Swamp Fight (or Great Fort Fight) of King Phillips War against the Narragansetts in South Kingstown, Rhode Island on Dec 19th 1675.

      After John died, his wife Elizabeth (Blackleach) Stedman married Thomas Dunk of Saybrook in 1677.  She had a child by him and died shortly thereafter.

      "Oct 21 1678, Lt. John Stedman and Elizabeth his wife, both being deceased and leaving four small children, the Governor and Assistants do desire and appoint Sergt. John Stedman to take some care and to look after the children that are left by his father and to dispose of them in such places as they may be well educated.  The said Stedman to take advice of Major Talcott and Capt. Allyn in the dispose of them."

      I have seen no accounting of what happened to these children.

      Information on family came from a Handwritten manuscript in the NEHGS library, dated 29 March 1954.  The manuscript was by a Miss Myrtle Jillson, 56 Montgomery St., Waterbury, CT.  Her source was Brainerd's Stedman Mss, Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, CT.
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      In 1675 when King Philip made war against the New England colonies, Edward Colver, then an old man of sixty-five, went out with his four sons, Edward Junior, Ephraim, Joseph, and Samuel, to fight against the noted Indian chief. They took part in the "Swamp fight" which occurred near Tiverton, Rhode Island, 19 December 1675, when the tribes again met with defeat and heavy loss. Edward Colver was the only soldier engaged in the "Swamp fight" who had participated in the previous Pequot War, and as the tactics of the battle were the same as on that occasion, it is thought that the old soldier may have aided Captain Dennison, who commanded the Connecticut men at the "Swamp," to plan that attack. The colonial records of Connecticut mention the services of Edward Colver as scout as follows: "The Councill ordered John Stedman and Edward Colver with some of the Indians to goe forth upon the scout betwixt this and Springfield to make what discovery they could upon the enemie to the eastward of the river" (Public Records of Connecticut, 1665-1677, Vol. 2, p. 408). And again under date of 16 March 1675: "An answer to a letter from Mr. Fitch was returned with an advice to him to encourage the volunteers and to improve Uncas and Ninecraft to draw off as many of the enemie as may be, they delivering up their arms and ammunition, & c., as also on advice to send home the garrison soldiers at Norwich; that Edward Colver with about 20 Mogeags and Pequots come up to Hartford forthwith, & c., as pr the letter on file will more at large appear" (Public Records of Connecticut, 1665-1677, Vol. 2, page 417).
    Person ID I575  Stedman/Steadman/Steedman Families of the New World
    Last Modified 17 Jan 2013 

    Father John Stedman,   b. ____, ____, ____, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1649, New London, New London Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Ann [--?--],   b. ____, ____, ____, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown, New London, New London Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married ____, ____, ____, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F126  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Elizabeth Sergeant,   b. Abt 1632,   d. Bef 1664, Wethersfield, Hartford Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 31 years) 
    Married Abt 1650  Hartford, Hartford Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Sergt./Ens. John Stedman,   b. 5 Apr 1651, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Nov 1734, Wethersfield, Hartford Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     2. Mary Stedman,   b. 24 Sep 1653, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown
     3. Thomas Stedman,   b. 9 Oct 1655, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown
     4. Robert Stedman,   b. 1 Feb 1657/58, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jan 1735/36, Lebanon, New London Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     5. Samuel Stedman,   b. 27 Feb 1659/60, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Nov 1684  (Age 24 years)
    Last Modified 7 Jan 2006 
    Family ID F371  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Elizabeth Blackleach,   b. 12 Aug 1644, Salem, Essex Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Oct 1678, Saybrook, Middlesex Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 34 years) 
    Married Bef 6 Mar 1664/65 
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth Stedman,   b. 9 Nov 1665, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown
     2. Child Stedman, II,   b. 15 Nov 1666, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown
     3. Child Stedman, III,   b. 10 May 1669, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown
     4. Child Stedman, IV,   b. Abt 1670, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown
    Last Modified 21 Oct 2012 
    Family ID F372  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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